Grateful Dead Live at Veterans' Memorial Coliseum on 1981-05-11
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Subject: Spring Tour Shows
I can say: I was at every single show that Spring of 81. I'd rank them sumtin' like this myself:
5/6/81 (of course)
After that. whatever.
This show had a great setlist for the time: the only Lazy Lightning > Supplication & Row Jimmy all tour, and both excellent as was all set.
Second set pre-drums featured some great stuff, esprailly a To Lay Me Down with an instrumental dripping with feeling & emotion the likes of which I've not heard before or sense.
The Playin' is also one of the best of the year.
Post-drums, an average space and Wheel lead-in give way to a tremendous post-Wheel jam that hints of TOO, China Doll & Finally slips into the Playin Reprise. Great stuff there. The China Doll that follows is certainly the least dramatic of the three I saw in '81, but it has stiff competition (3/10/81 a MSG & 7/10/81 at St Paul, Minn).
Subject: Particulatly Good Audience Recording
This May show should be in everybody's collection for the sound if not for anything else.
Subject: Great Night
Subject: Killer show !
Very nice (audience) sound. Indeed a Matrix would be sublime !!! Mr Charlie Miller ????
And yes, 1981 was often overlooked after the 1977's (and before) and the splendid 1989-1991 period.
That's for all of the fun !
PS : was THERE !
Subject: A super damn fine Aud.
Subject: the best of spring tour 1981
remember those nights when the dead just sounded a little bit more different than usual? while this could typically signify either a very good or a very bad thing, on this night it was an exceptional thing and it was clear that something very special was going on.
thankfully, this high quality audience source captures almost exactly how it sounded there and then. if you are a "sb only" aficionado, or perhaps, believe that there were no good dead shows after 1978, please don't miss the opportunity to burn this one and crank it up as LOUD as you can possibly stand it - and then just a little bit more!
the playing and vocals are extremely tight from the opening bell
and this remains one of my top 4 or 5 scarlet>fire's of all time (and yes, i know that's saying a lot with respect to the monsters laid down at barton 5/8/77 and nassau 11/1/79 among others). while not hardly as "exploratory" in nature as the aforementioned, the jam is tremendous and the fire solos are crisp, hot, mournful and distinctly "different" from any other version that i've ever heard. (incidentally, garcia bends a really long note in the 3rd solo that signifies the precise moment when a flame from the stage did, in fact, spread to the floor...and then straight through my skull).
the china doll and tlmd solos and harmonies are both so delicate and dead on that they have been known to reduce many a grown man to tears. satisfaction simply kicked my ass! everybody was on fire (check out brent and bobby's CC rider solos; the sick playin' jam and phil's riffs and bombs throughout the entire show) and garcia was particularly lucid, vibrant and energetic. '80 and '81 saw a lot of that; '82 saw some of that; '83 and '84 saw ever diminishing flashes of that; and then (sadly) we all know the rest of the story.
i absolutely implore you to check this show out from start to finish. though i had seen several great shows prior to this one, this was the night i fell in love with the grateful fuckin' dead. closing in on 25 years later, this remains one of the best nights of my life.
thanks to all who post and special thanks to mr. aizen for this historic gem!
Subject: May 81'
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